The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is excited to be part of Green Festival this year! Festival attendees joined the The Conservancy in New York City and Chicago to ask, "what will you do for Earth?" Up next, we will head to Washington, D.C. September 21-22.
The Nature Conservancy will have a fun, interactive photo booth at Green Festival where visitors can share what they do for Earth. Conservancy staff and volunteers will be at the event speaking about the Conservancy’s work locally and around the world. There will be chances to win prizes, too, including a sweepstakes to win a walking staff and backpack from REI, or a copy of Nature’s Fortune, the new book from the Conservancy’s CEO, Mark Tercek.
The Conservancy is the world’s leading conservation organization, working in all 50 states and in 35 countries. The organization’s mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. With more than 60 years of science-based conservation work and its non-confrontational, collaborative approach, the Conservancy continues to help protect the planet now and for future generations.
The Nature Conservancy addresses four main challenges: restoring oceans, securing freshwater, conserving critical lands and reducing impacts of climate change. In Maryland and Virginia, the Conservancy has protected more than 415,000 acres of land and specifically focuses on the central Appalachian Mountains, Chesapeake Bay and Mid-Atlantic Seascape:
- The Central Appalachians represent one of the region’s healthiest natural areas and the Conservancy is working to protect our mountains’ great variety of plants and animals and to preserve the vital benefits they provide people, including clean drinking water.
- The Chesapeake Bay is America’s largest estuary and supports more than 2,700 plants and animals, including our iconic blue crabs and rockfish (striped bass). To restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay, the Conservancy is helping accelerate a pollution-reduction plan, demonstrating nature’s efficiency in reducing and cleaning up pollutants. Because oyster reefs serve as natural water filters, the Conservancy also co-leads the largest oyster restoration project on the Eastern Shore.
- In this region, the Atlantic coast is densely populated with more than 57 million people, so the Conservancy is working to protect the ocean here for nature and for people. This part of the Atlantic is economically diverse, supporting maritime shipping and ports, fisheries, recreation and tourism, and other industries, but it is vulnerable to destructive fishing practices, maritime traffic and pollution. The Conservancy aims to meet economic, societal and conservation goals by influencing the practices of ocean management guided by sound science and open collaboration.
In Washington, D.C., the Conservancy’s focus is the health of the Potomac River, the capital’s main water source. More than 5 million people in the region depend on the river for their drinking water, and The Nature Conservancy wants to ensure that this water is safe for people, plants and animals. The Conservancy’s work in D.C. also includes engaging younger audiences to raise awareness about environmental issues and broaden support for conservation in urban areas.